Taxotere (Injection)


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Taxotere (Injection) Drug and Prescription Information

Taxotere (Injection)

Taxotere (Injection) Medication Classification

DOCETAXEL (Injection)

Taxotere (Injection) Brandname

Taxotere

Taxotere (Injection) is used for the Treatment

Docetaxel (doe-se-TAX-el) Treats breast cancer and lung cancer.

When To Not Use Taxotere (Injection)

You should not be treated with this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to docetaxel.

How Should You Use Taxotere (Injection)

Injectable

  • This medicine, like all medicines used to treat cancer, is very strong. Make sure you understand why you are getting it and what the risks and benefits of treatment are. It is important for you to work closely with your doctor.
  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it will be given.
  • Your medicine will be given through a tube put in one of your veins, usually in your arm, wrist, or hand and sometimes in your chest. This is called intravenous (in-tra-VEEN-us), or IV.
  • A nurse or other caregiver trained to give cancer drugs will give your treatment.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • This medicine needs to be given on a regular schedule. If you miss a dose, call your doctor, home health caregiver, or clinic where you get your treatments for instructions.

Proper Taxotere (Injection) Storage

Store Taxotere (Injection) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Taxotere (Injection) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Taxotere (Injection)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Talk to your doctor before getting any vaccines (such as flu shots) while you are receiving this medicine.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also taking cyclosporine (Sandimmune®), erythromycin (EES®), ketoconazole (Nizoral®), or troleandomycin (TAO®).

Taxotere (Injection) Warnings

  • This medicine is harmful to use during pregnancy. It may cause birth defects.
  • Do not breastfeed while you are being given this medicine.
  • Before using this medicine, tell your doctor if you have liver disease.
  • You may get infections more easily while getting this medicine. Stay away from crowds or people with colds, flu, or other infections.
  • This medicine can cause rashes, trouble breathing, or swelling. You will get medicine before your treatment to help prevent these problems.
  • This medicine may cause nausea and vomiting. Your doctor may prescribe medicine to keep you from feeling sick and throwing up. If the medicine does not help (you can't keep liquids down), tell your doctor.
  • You will need to have routine blood tests while you are receiving this medicine. Keep all appointments with your doctor.

Taxotere (Injection) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Fever, chills, or sore throat
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
  • Painful mouth sores that keep you from drinking liquids
  • Skin rash, hives, or itching
  • Severe swelling in any part of the body
  • Uncontrollable nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Unexplained tiredness or weakness
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Wheezing, trouble breathing
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Changes in the appearance of fingernails or toenails
  • Diarrhea
  • Hair loss
  • Mild swelling in your hands or feet
  • Muscle pain

Taxotere (Injection) Ratings

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